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Chaminda Vaas

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Middlesex have completed the signing of Sri Lanka left-arm seamer Chaminda Vaas for next season.

The 32-year-old, who has taken 307 wickets at an average of 29 in 94 Tests, has had spells at Hampshire at Worcestershire.

He said: “I am delighted with the offer. I have always enjoyed the county scene - and playing for Middlesex is also very special because I know it is a very fine club.

“It is a going to be a real challenge for me after Sri Lanka’s tour of that country,” added Vaas, whose new employers were relegated from the Liverpool Victoria County Championship and NatWest Pro40 this season.

“I am looking forward to a very competitive and enjoyable summer of cricket.

“The terms have been excellent and the county has been very considerate with regards to my requests, which has made life that much easier.”

Though Vaas claimed only five wickets in three Tests against England this summer, he was dismissed just twice as he averaged 92 with the bat.

Middlesex chief executive Vinny Codrington said: “Vaas is a world-class player who Sri Lanka have very kindly made available to us for next season.

“His bowling is ideally suited to the Lord’s wickets and he’s proved himself not only as a world-class bowler but also as a useful lower-order batsman. We are thrilled he’s joining us.”

Meanwhile, Middlesex denied reports from Sri Lanka that veteran all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya is to captain the county next season.

A club spokesman said: “Jayasuriya’s not joining us. That is pure speculation.”

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